Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of Cooperative Learning on Teacher-Student Interactions and Peer Relationships: A Case Study of a Student with Mild Intellectual Challenges

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

The Effects of Cooperative Learning on Teacher-Student Interactions and Peer Relationships: A Case Study of a Student with Mild Intellectual Challenges

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The inclusion of students with disabilities into regular physical education classes has provided a big challenge to physical educators. In order to strive to meet the needs of all of their students, physical educators always attempt to use different teaching strategies to improve the quality of teaching and learning. One of the approaches used in inclusive physical education is cooperative learning. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of cooperative learning on teacher-student interactions and peer relationships of a student with intellectual challenges in the inclusive physical education class. The participant was a fifth grade student with mild intellectual challenges integrated into a class of 30 students. Single subject withdrawal design was used in this study. The independent variable of this study was the treatment of cooperative learning. The dependent variables of this study were the changes in teacher-student interactions and peer relationships. Social status of student with intellectual challenges, observation of teacher-student interactions check lists, and questionnaires of peer relationships and cooperative learning were used to collect data. The study was conducted for 9 weeks, twice per week, with eighteen 40-min lessons, using cooperative learning approach. …

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